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Watery Views Marry a Zen Sensibility in Contemporary Seattle Home

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There is a gentle charm to the easy zen aesthetic of Seattle’s Courtyard House by DeForest Architects.

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Set right on a lakefront and overlooking Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, the house is fully open to its stunning maritime views.

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Cheery sun-drenched bedrooms are so close to the lake that they seem like they are on a houseboat moored at its edge.

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The house is quite narrow, sandwiched between the lake view in front and the street, and its floor-to-ceiling glazing can completely open both sides like a pavilion.

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Opaque turquoise glass obscures the view into the house from the street side…

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…while the view out is created to provide a private garden view with a zen sensibility.

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This wall of opaque turquoise glass creates privacy and ample daylight for large showers in identical bathrooms, with spa-like wood panelled ceilings.

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Their interiors have a much earthier vibe, with rammed earth walls and very contemporary cylindrical wash basins.

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The bathrooms are along the street side, while their bedrooms face the lake.

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Another zen touch is the seamless transition between indoors and out – note the wood floor to wood deck – along with the huge expanse of glazings that can be completely opened up.

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Industrial strength steel stairs contrast with the soft blonde wood kitchen with its spacious islands to each side.

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With its casual flavor of Japan in its use of wood ceilings and modular screens, the architects have created a gentle and charming lakeside home.

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